shoulda known better.

ok. working up a simple cabled scarf....42 stitches across with an 8 row simple pattern repeat....shouldn't need to use lifelines.....WRONG! i had to throw the WIP down and take off for a code and when i get back (the patient didn't make it) somehow i drop a stitch and unconsciously yarn over or something to replace the stitch. i complete 2 more 8 row sets when i notice a ladder falling thru the purls b/n the cable and a rib. *sigh* i learned the hard way that you can't fish for and pull a dropped stitch through cables very well. only had to rip out 20 rows. must always use a lifeline.


grandcarriage's picture

I am unfamiliar with the term.."life-lines" in knitting. What do you mean? Thanks

MMario's picture

"lifelines" are a thread or yarn (in many cases dental floss) run through the stitches of a row so if a stitch drops it won't ladder past the "lifeline". And if you need to frog, you can just frog back to the lifeline and pick up from there.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I play a character who does.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

OKknitguy's picture

I also am not sure what that means. I am working on a double reverse cable scarf and have been for past few weeks. It has 3 cables on one side and 2 on the other. Its nice, but I had put it down for a bit, and then picked it up, and when I went to cable the first time, used the wrong end of my cabler, and when I went to knit them, and gone a few rows, I realized my cable was crossed and I have a ridge going sidewise. YOu know, I just said, hell, its just not worth it. I dont' think you notice it unless you really go and examine every cable, so I just left it and I'm going to try to ignore it! :-) Anywya, its my first try at cabling. I like it, and I plan to do more. If there is some trick to this lifeline, enlighten us all! :-)

grandcarriage's picture

Oh, that's interesting: I suppose it would be very handy with slick yarns: Most of the ones I use have a lot of friction and don't drop readily, even if I would like them to... Ironic.

Kerry's picture

Life-lines are very useful when you knit lace, particularly with very fine cobweb wool. I'm using one on a very fine yarn where the stitches just disappear if one is dropped. For another scarf, I'm using Zephyr which doesn't require a life-line as the stitch 'holds' if dropped.